Domers in the news

Author: John Monczunski

Cara (Garvey) Coleman ’95 recently published I am Justice, Hear Me Roar. Available at, the children’s book is based on the life of Coleman’s 5-year-old daughter, Justice, who has a disability. After Notre Dame, Coleman earned a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University and a law degree from Temple University. . . . Former Notre Dame All-American and NFL star Dave Duerson ’83, who served on the University’s board of trustees from 2001 to 2005 and had been a president of the Monogram Club, died at the age of 50 in his suburban Miami home February 17. The death was ruled a suicide. Duerson, who suffered from depression, had recently filed for personal bankruptcy after his meat-packing firm had been put in receivership. In his suicide note, Duerson requested that his brain be donated to research for the study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease linked to multiple concussions sustained by football players and others. Recent research, suggesting a possible link to the disease from repeated hits to the head, is credited with causing the NFL to strengthen its tackling rules, especially of quarterbacks. . . . Shih Chang Hsu ’52Ph.D. has received the government of China’s highest honor for science and technology for his contributions to materials science. The award comes with a stipend of $750,000. . . . Scott Paddock ’90, who played forward on the Notre Dame basketball team in the late 1980s, has been named president of the Chicagoland Speedway. Previously he was director of sports marketing for Gatorade. . . . Husband and wife Naji Boutros ’87 and Jill Johnson ’88 were featured in a Minneapolis Star Tribune story about their critically acclaimed winery near Beirut, Lebanon. The couple moved in 2000 to Naji’s home country from London, where he worked for an investment firm. . . . Kevin Flynn ’86, president of the advertising agency Caldwell VanRiper, was profiled recently in the business section of the Indianapolis Star, on the occasion of the ad agency’s 100th anniversary. . . . The Sportsnewser website reports that Regis Philbin ’53 might wind up next football season working the ND sidelines as a commentator for NBC. The website quotes Philbin as saying that NBC Sports and Olympics Chairman Dick Ebersol made the suggestion at a recent banquet they both attended. Regis’ response was a noncommittal “I love it.”. . . Beth Doyle ’04 was recently named a “Rising Star for 2010” by Mediaweek, a marketing communications trade publication. She also was featured on the cover of Adweek. . . . A strong love of music led Ryan Thompson ’00 and his brother to establish the Head Jamz Festival, an annual three-day Labor Day music fest held near Nashville, Tennessee. More details can be found at . . . Brian Moynihan ’84J.D., CEO of Bank of America, was recently profiled in The New York Times and by Bloomberg News. Both stories examined his first year at the helm of the banking giant. . . . The Saint Louis Cardinals major league baseball team recently named Michael Girsch ’98 assistant general manager. . . . Amy B. Carroll ’96, who had been an adviser on Maine Senator Susan Collins’s staff as well as a staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, was recently named director of governmental relations and community affairs at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. . . . Kelly Sullivan ’82, director of institutional partnerships for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been elected president of Sigma Xi, the international science and engineering honor society. . . . Chad D. Silker ’02,’05J.D. will compete in the Western States 100 Endurance Run, a 100-mile ultramarathon race from Squaw Valley to Auburn, California, on June 25 and 26. Silker hopes to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that helps wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to transition back to civilian life. He is writing a blog about his race project at . . . The Irish novelist Michael Collins ’87, ’91M.A., who attended Notre Dame on a track scholarship and is the winner of six marathons including the Sub Sahara Marathon run in 90 degree heat, followed six weeks later by the North Pole Marathon in which temperatures fell to minus 35 degrees, recently captained the Irish national team at the International Association of Ultrarunners World and European Championships in Gibraltar. He completed the 62-mile course in 7 hours, 52 minutes for a third place bronze medal. The Southwestern Michigan College English professor is the author of several critically acclaimed novels and short story collections. . . . Tenor Paul Appleby ’05, a member of the New York Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program as well as a student in the Julliard School’s Opera Studies Program, was the featured soloist in a recent performance of Handel’s Messiah at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Appleby, who is the son of Professor R. Scott Appleby ’78, the John M. Regan Jr. director of ND’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, also was the featured performer in Schubert’s Die Schone Mullerin song cycle at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The performance received a favorable review in The New York Times. . . . Narrow Gate Architects, a Boston firm led by three ND architecture grads, Bob Wegener ’80, Kitty Ryan ’78 and Neal Mongold ’80, specializes in designs for people with low incomes. The firm, which takes its name from the gospel story, was featured on the website about its design of Dudley Village, a development of 50 new apartments in five low-rise buildings in Roxbury, Massachusetts.